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What Caught My Eye: I liked this painting by Gennady Spirin who illustrates this wonderful book, Life in the Boreal Forest by Brenda Z. Guiberson. The bobcat going after the ermine just made me want to pick it up.
Why I Didn't Put It Down: This a really fun read-alound book. As Guiberson goes through a year in a boreal forest, she includes sounds like "plish! plosh!" for a loon diving into a lake and "swoosh!" for when an owl snaps up it's prey. The paintings have a lot of things going happening but in a silent, minimal way. For example, on the owl painting, there is a great horned owl in the foreground, the forest is covered with snow and in the background is the river with a white rabbit listening for danger. Farther back is an image of a lone moose walking through the quiet forest. You just want to keep reading and looking at all the images to see what happens next in the forest.
Who Would I Recommend This To: It is filled with interesting facts about the boreal forest, like there are over 200 species of birds that migrate to the boreal forest and that it grows acrous Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and Russia. Kids would love having this read to them and will enjoying looking at the paintings. Also, kids having to write about the boreal forest for their 2nd or 3rd grade class.